Arkansans form Conservative Baptist Network state chapter

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June 3, 2021

Contact: Brad Jurkovich, spokesman, Conservative Baptist Network
(318) 588-0819; [email protected]

Bossier City, La. — Arkansas joins the growing number of states and regions organizing state chapters of the Conservative Baptist Network today with six pastors and an associational mission strategist partnering together to lead the new chapter in the Natural State.

Among those leading the Arkansas chapter are John Cook, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Clarendon, Ark.; Tom Hatley, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church Global Outreach Center in Rogers, Ark.; Dale Noe, senior pastor of Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church in Paragould, Ark.; Russell Rhoden, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Morrilton, Ark.; Russell Threat, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Mena, Ark.; Matthew Wilson, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark; and Robby Sherman, Associational Mission Strategist of the Little River Baptist Association.

Hatley, who also serves on the Conservative Baptist Network Steering Council, noted his excitement about the formation of the state chapter in his state.

“This is the positive way for conservatives to move forward in Arkansas,” Hatley said. “Our network is a fellowship that will encourage, evangelize and bring joy to our state.”

Conservative Baptist Network spokesman Brad Jurkovich echoed Hatley’s sentiments and pointed to God as the engine propelling the growth and success of the Network.

“Seeing pastors and churches in Arkansas stepping up to strengthen our SBC by partnering with the Conservative Baptist Network is extremely encouraging,” Jurkovich said. “God continues to build this dynamic movement with the sufficiency of the Scriptures at its core.”

Learn more and join the Arkansas chapter on the Network’s website at


The Conservative Baptist Network is a broad-based grassroots movement of Southern Baptists of all generations who are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture for all facets of life and application. Its 55-member Steering Council includes pastors and laypeople from across America, including well-known figures such as former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, past SBC President Charles Stanley, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Vice President Tom Phillips, and immediate past SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone. The Steering Council can be found online at